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1. Announcements

The 19th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium will take place on February 13, 2015 at the USU Northridge Center. The purpose is to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines. This is a student conference featuring oral and poster presentations to an audience of students and faculty and faculty judges. Based on the recommendations of the judges, cash awards will be presented in each of the oral sessions. For the poster session, cash awards will be provided to the outstanding undergraduate and graduate posters. The online application period starts November 14, 2014 and will close December 22, 2014.
The application can be accessed through the following link: https://www.csun.edu/student-symposium.

The quest to find that teaching-research balance is an on-going challenge. Faculty Development has teamed up with the Office of Research & Sponsored Projects to help you jumpstart your writing. The Faculty Writing Initiative will be offering 4 programs during the Spring & Summer to support faculty writing. Small faculty stipends will be provided (full details here). The first deadline to apply is December 15th for the February writing program.

2. Reminders

Receive a $200 stipend to join Faculty Development’s former Beck Grant winners (John Kephart, Jessica Baty, Randi Picarelli, & Jeanine Minge) in a 4-day Winter Bridges Teaching Institute. This intensive crash course (January 6, 7, 8, & 9) will help faculty develop and implement creative learner-centered instructional strategies for course design, delivery, and assessment. Due this Friday December 5. Please contact Donald Lilly at donald.w.lilly@csun.edu for more information.

The 18th CSU Symposium on University Teaching will be held at CSU Los Angeles on March 13 and 14, 2015. This year’s theme is “grit,” a quality that helps students persist and graduate. The symposium provides an opportunity for our campus to showcase instructional innovations developed by faculty. Due date for proposals is tomorrow. Apply at www.calstatela.edu/cetl/csu-teaching-symposium.

Ian Barnard will give a talk entitled “Upsetting Composition Commonplaces” for the Undergraduate Studies Stretch Writing Program Series tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Presentation Room.

3. Opportunities

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) invites applications for its 2015-16 visiting academic fellowships. At least three AAS-National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships will be awarded for periods extending from four to twelve months. Long-term fellowships are intended for scholars beyond the doctorate; senior and mid-career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Over thirty short-term fellowships will be awarded for one to two months. The short-term grants are available for scholars holding the Ph.D. and for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research, and offer a stipend of $1850/month. Special short-term fellowships support scholars working in the history of the book in American culture, children’s literature, in the American eighteenth century, and in American literary studies, as well as in studies that draw upon the Society’s preeminent collections of graphic arts, newspapers, and periodicals. Accommodations are available for visiting fellows in housing owned by AAS.The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015. For further details about the fellowships, as well as a link to an online application form, please consult the website http://www.americanantiquarian.org/.

4. Achievements

Greg Aleman, who is interning through English 494 in the CSUN Media Relations department, has a featured article published on the CSUN website:http://gomatadors.com/sports/w-baskbl/2014-15/releases/20141125v5btbx. We are very proud of our interns and their work, demonstrating just how powerful an English major can be!

Yellow Medicine Review has nominated “This is a story about the Plains” by Scott Andrews for the Pushcart Prizes. His story appeared in the Fall 2014 edition of the journal.

On Saturday, November 22, Irene Clark attended a conference at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut titled “Thinking and Writing beyond Two Cultures: STEM, WAC/WID and the Changing Academy.” She presented a paper titled “Critical Thinking, Identity, and the Brain: Insights from Neuropsychology.”

Scott Kleinman gave a presentation at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was titled “Thinking with Computers: Materiality, Digitality, and the Medieval Manuscript.”